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When I was little I heard things wrong all the time (due to multiple ear infections) and I went through life thinking that snakes that live around the house (like in the garden) were called Gardener Snakes! Now that I'm 18, I finally realized they are garder snakes...
My sister convinced me that sharks lived in my aunt's water bed. As we laid there trying to fall asleep, she'd start humming the Jaws theme under her breath and making waves until I screamed.
When I was little I read a story in my Ranger Rick magazine about this baby worm who was warned not to go to the surface when it rained because he might squiggle onto concrete and then the sun would come out and dry him up. The worm didn't listen and soon he found himself on concrete, drying up quickley. Luckily, along came a little girl who saved him by picking him and up and throwing him into the grass. I believed that I was like that little girl and it was my mission to save all the worms that wiggled their way onto the pavement after a rain storm. I still try to rescue every single stranded, helpless worm to this day and I'm 20 years old. I also have an overwhelming sense of guilt if I can't get to all the worms.
I used to think that worms were baby snakes. My brother did this to me, still to this day I cant touch a worm or get close to a snake~
I used to believe that if you lay in the grass an ant could crawl into your ear and eat your brain. That's what my older brother told me, anyway.
I used to believe that if I killed an ant or other bug, that all his friends and relatives would come back after me. I had the same fear of vengeful vegetables when I had to scrape the plates off into the garbage disposal after dinner.
I used to think that spiders would crawl under my skin and lay their eggs in my body and then the baby spiders would crawl out of my ears. Thanks to my older brother, I still think spiders are creepy.
I used to play with ants. I put them on my little people swingset and spun them around and stuff. I fed them little containers of juice. I actually got jealous that they were having so much fun and I couldn't because I was so big.
My Best friend is 21 and stupidly scared of moths because when she was younger her brother told her if a moth touched you you would turn into a boy...
Someone told me mascara was made from bat feces. To this day, I'm not sure if it's true.
I guess a lot of gnats flew into my eyes when I was a kid, because I eventually came to believe that they were good for your eyes and were suppossed to do that. So I would just kind of rub them in so my eye would benefit from all the nutrients they had to offer.
Where I grew up, we mad massive amounts of yellow jackets in the summer. Every year, around June, my parents would say "The yellow jackets are out!" and I used to believe that yellow jackets were a gang of people who wore jackets that were yellow.
When I was four or five, my brother told me that worms would crawl up my nose. So every time it rained and the worms would come out on the sidewalk, I would stand perfectly still, petrified with fear, and scream bloody murder until my mom came to "rescue" me.
When i was in girlscouts we would go "Snipe" hunting. Apparently these were flying squirrels/mice that would jump into your hair. We would go late at night and make sure we didn't get caught by them.
When I was little I lived in a cozy little neighbourhood, but in the spring, we'd got tons of fuzzy caterpillars. Now I love bugs, but I noticed that every time a kid steped on one of the poor things, that the caterpillar would gush out red and yellow guts. This looked an awful lot like ketchup and mustard, and I took this for true. I boasted to everyone that caterpillars were the ones who made ketchup and mustard. Despite the weird looks I got from people, I was sure I was right.
Now, my mother made hotdogs for lunch one day, but lo and behold, she didn't check for condements! But that was OK, because I had all the ketchup and mustard I needed... outside. While the hotdogs were still sitting out, I got a bunch of caterpillars, held them over the hot wieeners, and squeezed their guts out. When mom came into the room, she was quite pleased to find that her little girl had found some condments. When she took that first bite, I don't think I ever heard anyone scream so loud in my life when mom saw the dead, de-gutted caterpillars. After I explained my "brilliant" idea, she tanned my butt and I was forced to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while the rest of the family had pizza.
When I was younger I asked my parents:
"If bees make honey, do flys make marmalade?"
I used to believe that cobwebs were formed by (very creative?) dust particles and were very different from spider webs. My mom told me this because otherwise I would not go into the basement, due to my intense fear of spiders. Unbelievably I was convinced of this until I was in my early 20's. I suppose denial of the truth is a powerful thing!
i used to believe that if u step on ant beds the devil will rise up out of the ground and pull you down and take you to hell
I used to believe that dragonfly bites were dangerous. I believed they could burrow under your skin and live in your head and your brain would be where they stored their eggs. I also used to believe that if you touched anything dead and didn't wash your hands in at least half an hour, you'd turn to dust.
When I was little I saw an American TV show with fishing in it. They were talking about different flies and mentioned wooly buggers. I asked what this was and my Dad said it meant sheep. I don't think he realised I took it at face value and was to continue using it for several years to come.